Fiona Donovan completed her first degree in Architecture at Canberra University, before moving to Sydney and taking up a place in the Set and Costume Design Course at NIDA.
Since graduating from the NIDA in 1992, Fiona has worked in many genres of film, television and theatre. Fiona has been nominated four times for the AACTA Award for Best Production Design in Television for her work on the internationally successful period drama, A Place to Call Home. She was first nominated in 2016 for Series 4, Episode 1. In 2017, she was nominated and awarded the AACTA for Series 5, Episode 2. Her third nomination was in 2018 for Series 6, Episode 1. Fiona earned a fourth nomination in 2019 for Frayed Series 1. Fiona also won the APDG Award for Production Design on a Television Drama for Series 6 of A Place to Call Home in 2019.
Most recently, Fiona was the production designer on the upcoming feature Christmas Ransom (Stan/Every Cloud). Fiona designed the miniseries The Twelve (Warner Bros/Easy Tiger), released in 2022. Fiona designed the second series of Frayed for Merman Productions and Guesswork Television, written by and starring Sarah Kendall. Fiona recently worked on Back to the Rafters, produced by Seven Network for Amazon Prime. Previously she designed Between Two Worlds for Channel 7, written by Bevan Lee and produced by Chris Martin-Jones and Lesley Parker. She also designed the feature Ascendant, directed by Anthony Furlong, for Daydream Films International. Fiona has art directed extensively in both television and film. She has been art director of several high-profile Australian television series, including the police drama Young Lions, the ABC legal drama Crownies, and the 1960s period comedy-drama Love Child. She has art directed on recent international film productions including Truth, The Shallows and Pacific Rim Uprising.
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